Wednesday, 26 January 2011


RNK Split have made a surprise coup by signing former Croatian international and Zenit St Petersburg defender Ivica Krizanac. The 32 year old was not believed to be fancied by Hajduk, who put their faith in Jurica Buljat, Mario Maloca with Hjorve Vejic also on the books as cover. Krizanac however is expected to have a big impact around the club at RNK working under Ivan Katilinic.

Ex Hajduk coach Zoran Vulic has also been busy with Istra 1961 signing ex Slaven Belupo forward Mario Juric. The 34 year old has missed six months of football, but may add some experience. Bosko Stupic has been allowed to leave, whilst Eliomar, Edin Hadzic and Armend Alimi have been given another chance to prove themselves. Franjo Tepuric however is expected to start in attack with Asim Sehic.

Belupo themselves look to be heavily reliant on Aljosa Vojinovic after allowing Tepuric and more notably Mateas Delic to transfer. Similarly Rijeka will be placing trust in Radomir Dalovic, having released 4 goal Ivan Rodic. On the surface allowing proven HNL1 player like Rodic to go in order to purchase Sergio Zijler signifies financial stress. Rodic may surface in Croatia and may in fact be a target for Belupo, who are also questionably putting there hopes in Nikola Frzuljec who failed to score in the first half of the season for Dragovoljac.

No news in Varazdin, although Gordan Golik and Srebenko Posavec could still sign to cover for midfield hole left by the sale of Josip Brezovec. Ex Varazdin player Leon Benko was also up for sale on a free, but it appears neither Rijeka or Slaven Belupo who would normally be in for such a player have the wage package to offer him. Such restrictions would also explain why Ivan Bosnjak also continues to sit on the sidelines. However at 24, Miroslav Saric needs to suit up to a new club soon after failing to gain a proposition abroad.

At Lokomotiva, Dodo arrives to add weight to a forward line which should be sufficient for HNL1. Nino Bule continues to find the net and is rightly first choice with Dodo now joining Ilija Sivonjic and Marko Simic. With Domogoj Antolic, Tomislav Martinac and Ivan Peko in midfield Loko should also have sufficient creativity. With Almir Bekic gone, Croatia Under 21 star Arjan Ademi has been rumoured to arrive as Dinamo Zagreb coach Vaha Halilhodzic prefers Adrian Callelo, Brezovec and Matias Chago at the present moment in time.

Coming back to Dinamo, Zdravko Mamic could be set to embark on yet another high profile transfer with ex Lokomotiva defender Sime Vrsaljko wanted by Arsenal. Olympic Lyon and Croatia centre back Dejan Lovren also could be off to Fenerbahce. Meanwhile, Inter Zapresic coach Ilija Loncarevic is taking it easy after seeing his team go from the bottom three in the division to a top 5 place in the matter of a couple of months. Despite Antun Palic's transfer to Dinamo, Loncarevic's team were mainly bolstered by the return of Mario Grgurovic.